Do you know someone needing a little help staying warm this winter #Catford

We can help people identified as vulnerable to the cold and at risk of fuel poverty to stay warm and healthy during the colder months.

If you are concerned about a neighbour or relative or you are a health professional dealing with vulnerable groups, contact Lewisham Council.

Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. The chances of these problems are higher for vulnerable groups:

> older people (65 and older)
> people with a health condition
> people with a mental health condition
> people with a disability
> people on a low income
> pregnant women
> households with young children
> people living in a hard to heat home.

Our Warm Homes Healthy People scheme provides support packages to those most in need. The scheme promotes wellbeing and reduces hospital admissions and seasonal deaths through early intervention fuel poverty measures.

A single referral to the scheme provides will provide the person you refer with a free winter support package including:

> stay warm pack
> insulation and draught proofing
> home visit from an energy advisor
> emergency heating repairs
> grants for heating improvements
> advice on how to keep warm
> 1-2-1 advice on switching tariffs
> fuel debt advice
> community connections service
> befriending service
> handyperson service
> …and much more.

Who is eligible for the scheme?

The scheme is open to vulnerable residents living in the borough. You should be referred by someone who knows you e.g. health professional, social worker, carer, neighbour, relative etc.

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